Are you looking how to master the guitar? Have you seen books claiming you can master the guitar by following the steps inside? Have you seen advertisements on how to "master the fretboard" and other such things?
Well, I have some news for you...
You will NEVER master the guitar. NEVER!
No one is ever going to master the guitar, bass, drums, or any other instrument for that matter. Why?
Because saying you have mastered something, to me, means that you cannot possibly improve any further. You have reached the peak and achieved perfection. There isn't a single thing you can do to possibly make any kind of improvement.
Everybody, no matter who they are or how long they've played, can always improve at something. I guarantee all the guitar greats you look up to will agree.
Sure, plenty of those guitar greats are considered "masters". Guys like Steve Vai, Satriani, Paul Gilbert, etc. are so damn good at what they do that people consider them masters.
That being said, there's still something all of them can work on and improve. I'm sure they would all agree.
I've been playing for nearly 20 years and I still find things I can get better at. This will always be the case.
Music is an ongoing journey with no end. No matter how many ways you've learned how to use various techniques there will always be something new to try. The possibilities in music are truly endless.
Now, I didn't put this entry together to discourage anyone. I feel that it's important to know that anyone advertising that you can "master the guitar" is straight up lying to.
It's complete and utter bullshit!
Yes, there certainly can be things of value found in books that claim mastering, or things found online. However, they're using this claim as a gimmick to get you to buy their product. I think that's just wrong.
So, as you continue on with your musical journey, I hope you will realize that looking to master your instrument is simply not the way. I hope you will have fun with music and continue to grow as a musician so you may express yourself musically in any way you wish.
John Taylor - guitar and bass instructor for Mile High Shred.